Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814) Sweden

Johan Tobias Sergel was a Swedish sculptor, visual artist, hovintendent (member of the Royal Court), professor and director of the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Sergel’s artistic talents were discovered early, and his teachers included Jean Eric Rehn, Adrien Masreliez and Pierre Hubert L’Archeveque. Sergel received a scholarship that took him to Paris, where he stayed for twelve years. He returned to Stockholm to work for Gustaf III and in 1780 he became a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. One of his best-known works is the statue of Gustaf III below the palace in Stockholm, but he is also famous for his humorous drawings.

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